Today Begins Weekend of Remembrance

A two day event in the nation’s capital includes a live ceremony to remember the police officers who have given their lives in the duty of their communities.

There will be a memorial service and live reading of the names of 307 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and whose names were engraved on the National Lae Enforcement Officers Memorial walls in May of this year.

The ceremony will be live streamed here beginning at 9 am on Sunday.

“Our mission is to honor the fallen, educate the public about the history of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Even though we're in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to make sure we fulfil our promise. The brave men and women in law enforcement are on the front lines of this global health crisis. It's critical to us that the public knows how selflessly these officers work to help keep the rest of us safe, often by putting themselves in harm's way." 

Events on Saturday include the Memorial and Museum’s annual National Run for the Badge 5K, which is taking place remotely in cities across the country, many of them being held virtually for safety.

Also taking place during the Weekend of Remembrance, will be the first National Faith and Blue Weekend, a joint effort between the nation's top law enforcement organizations and a diverse collection of houses of worship. Faith & Blue seeks to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve through joint community projects. Police officers will distribute care kits assembled by a team of dozens of volunteers from local law enforcement, faith, and civic communities to assist the homeless. Care kits will be distributed in several areas across the Washington, DC area and on the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum campus.

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